Archive tours - A typical archive tour / archive crawl
Archive tours and archive crawls are usually week-long excursions where the archive tours include flights and sleep-overs. The programme typically starts on a Sunday morning and ends five days later, on a Friday night.
The programme depends / vary according to the requirements and area and can even be tailor cut to the preferences of the participants.
For example, a Western Cape Archive Tour may include:
3 days' research in the Cape Archive in Cape Town (KAB);
1 day with GISA’s inheritance at the CPUT in Wellington or a visit to the NG Kerkargief in Stellenbosch; and
1 day with the Huguenot registers in Franschhoek, at the Drakenstein Heemraad in Paarl or on various settlers’ farms.
As another example, a Gauteng Archive Crawl may include:
2 days at the Transvaal/National Archive in Pretoria (TAB);
1 day at the GSSA library, housed at the Heritage Foundation in Pretoria;
1 day at the archive of the Reformed Church (Hervormde Kerk); and
1 day at the National Library (legal deposit library) or The LDS in Parktown.
A third example, a Free State Archive Tour may include:
2 days at the Free State/National Archive in Bloemfontein (VAB);
1-2 days at the Boer War (ABO) Museum in Bloemfontein; and
½-1 day at the National Library (legal deposit library) or an ABO Concentration Camp Cemetery.
Benefits to the genealogist / researcher
All the travel, accommodation and other logistical arrangements are taken care of and are included in the price.
Beginner genealogical researchers receive ample information and assistance. The information and training will prepare you for everything. Should you classify yourself as novice researcher, you’ll be provided with some extra user-friendly information for beginners – almost 50% of the participants usually make use of this “Beginners’ Training”.
The more advanced genealogical researchers gain as they can focus for five full days undisturbed on their own research and waste no time on all the arrangements.
What are the pre-conditions for participants?
You need to be a paid up GSSA member of any branch of your choice;
You have access to the internet for some training and plenty of information per email;
You need to be prepared (and have the time available) to read and work through the emails you receive during the months ahead of the tour;
As a beginner researcher you really need to be interested in genealogical research in your own, another family(s) or a particular topic that interests you.
Cost vary depending on the area and programme.
The Western Cape Archive Tour with the programme mentioned above amounts to approximately R8,500, which includes flights, accommodation, transport, and meals and everything mentioned for the Gauteng Archive Crawl below. Members not needing flights and/or accommodation pay accordingly less. The deposit is ± R3,000.
The Gauteng Archive Tour /Crawl with the programme mentioned above amounts to approximately R800, which includes picnic lunches, guides, tips and donations, entry fees, up front information/training per email, and all arrangements. The deposit is ±R200.
At present a significant discount for first-time participants is applicable.
Bookings, can only be secured by paying the deposit and will be refunded in full should the tour need to be cancelled.
Should you be interested in such a tour in the future, you can register on the archive tours mailing list, as an interested / potential participant, without any obligation.